Community Events

Frog on a leaf
10/08/2022
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Science at Cal – Nature’s Toxic Defenses: Why Don’t Poison Frogs Poison Themselves?

While we might be most familiar with rattlesnakes, black widows, and poison frogs (oh my!), toxins are produced or acquired by organisms in nearly every major group of life. This means that animals must avoid toxins or adapt to them. In this talk, Dr. Rebecca (Becca) Tarvin of UC Berkeley’s Department of Integrative Biology and Museum of Vertebrate Zoology will discuss why and how animals evolve to be both toxic and toxin resistant, including her research on how some poison frogs avoid poisoning themselves.

Grounds for Science: Illuminating the Brain and Programming Viruses to Harvest Solar Energy
10/04/2022
5:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m.

Grounds for Science – Illuminating the Brain and Programming Viruses to Harvest Solar Energy

Grounds for Science presents Illuminating the Brain: How light, color, and a jellyfish protein help us study the mind and Programming Viruses to Harvest Solar Energy. Featuring Ph.D. Candidates Anneliese Gest and Amanda Bischoff.

A planet with a view of its core
09/27/2022
5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.

Science at Cal – Materiales en condiciones extremas: una ventana al interior de los planetas

Nuestro planeta Tierra es como una cebolla: está hecho de capas. Algunas son sólidas, otras líquidas, y están hechas de distintos materiales. Así como un submarino debe soportar toda la presión del océano encima, estas capas tienen que soportar la presión de todas las otras capas encima, dejando el núcleo a una descomunal presión de 3 millones de veces la presión atmosférica.

Planet in space
09/15/2022
12:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m.

Science at Cal – Outer Space’s Hottest and Brightest Objects

At this month’s Midday Science Cafe, we’ll take a star-studded intergalactic journey to see some of the universe’s hottest and brightest objects. Featuring Dr. Gontcho A Gontcho, Berkeley Lab and Steven Giacalone, UC Berkeley.

A graphic with text that reads Solano Avenue Stroll, the Lawrence, and Science at Cal, with an image of kids doing a science activity
09/11/2022
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Solano Avenue Stroll

Featured Activity Create your own Bunny Copter with a fun, quick, hands-on STEM activity, and make a souvenir to take […]

Model of human head and brain area is highlighted
09/10/2022
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Science at Cal – An Inside Look: UC Berkeley’s Center for the Science of Psychedelics

Exactly two years ago, before the new Netflix documentary series, “How to Change your Mind” premiered, the UC Berkeley Center for the Science of Psychedelics (BCSP) was founded to provide research, training, and public education on a long-standing taboo in our society: psychedelic drugs. BCSP brings together researchers from across disciplines, including neuroscience, psychology, education, journalism, and molecular biology. Michael Silver, the director of BCSP and a professor in optometry and neuroscience, will provide an overview of the burgeoning center and its work to better understand the fundamental properties of the mind, brain, and body through psychedelics.

Dra. Francesca Burgos Bravo
08/23/2022
5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.

Science at Cal – Mover objetos diminutos con luz: no solo un sueño de la ciencia ficción

Si diriges un haz de luz a la mano, no se siente mucho, salvo un poco de calor. Pero si diriges ese mismo haz de luz hacia partículas microscópicas, la luz se convierte en una herramienta realmente poderosa capaz de capturar y mover objetos. Pareciera que al hablar de manipulación de objetos mediante la luz se está haciendo referencia a alguna escena de ciencia ficción, pero no lo es. En esta charla Dra. Francesca Burgos Bravo hablará sobre los inicios de la manipulación óptica de partículas y cómo se ha convertido en una herramienta fundamental para estudiar procesos biológicos.

Dr. Rachel Woods-Robinson
08/18/2022
12:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m.

Science at Cal – Alchemy in the 21st Century: New materials to combat the energy crisis

As scientists continuously hunt for novel approaches to combat our energy crisis, the field of materials science has secured a spot in the fight, furthering our understanding of the properties and applications of matter. “Materials discovery” is at the heart of this research. Featuring Dr. Rachel Woods-Robinson from UC Berkeley and Dr. Matthew K Horton from Berkeley Lab.

A collage of a diverse group of faces
08/13/2022
11:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

Science at Cal – Detecting Disinformation and Deep Fakes

In this lecture, Dr. Hany Farid will discuss the online disinformation landscape and what interventions are available. He will also provide an overview of how deep fakes are created, how they are being used and misused, and if and how they can be distinguished from reality.

Science at Cal - The Lawrence - Berkeley Lab
08/05/2022
5:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.

Oakland First Fridays

This month’s First Fridays theme is “Family Fun,” and Science at Cal, The Lawrence On-The-Go, and Berkeley Lab are coming prepared with their most engaging and fun science activities to make First Fridays a go for the whole family!

Four people walking in a snowy landscape
07/26/2022
5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.

Science at Cal – La guía microbiana para viajar al futuro

Por 3500 millones de años organismos vivos diminutos llamados microbios han transformado el planeta. Hoy tenemos mejor ciencia para estudiar sus poderosas propiedades. Se prevé que nuestro conocimiento sobre los microbios va a influir notablemente en nuestra dieta, nuestra salud, nuestra industria y la resiliencia de ecosistemas enteros en el futuro cercano. De hecho, estamos descubriendo nuevos microbios cada día y necesitaremos su ayuda para tener una vida mejor. Durante esta presentación, la Dra. Patricia Valdespino nos dará un vistazo al futuro con la ayuda de los microbios que ella estudia.

Dr. Thomas Eng
07/21/2022
12:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m.

Science at Cal – Combating Climate Change with CRISPR

This month’s Midday Science Cafe features two scientists putting the gene-editing tool, CRISPR, to work for the good of the Earth, both by tackling the causes of climate change (for example, reducing our dependence on fossil fuels) and by counteracting its effects on major industries, like agriculture.

A graphic that reads Science of the Human Body
07/09/2022
11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

Science@Stockmen’s Park

Explore everyday science at Science@Stockmen’s Park, a free, accessible monthly outdoor event for children, teens, and adults. As part of this month’s Science of the Human Body event, The Lawrence-On-the-Go will present our Lights! Optics! Action! activity.

Map of the World
07/09/2022
11:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

Science at Cal – Uncovering the Past: Using Genetic Data to Understand Human History and Evolution

Recent advances in sequencing DNA have opened up new opportunities to use genetic data to improve our understanding of human history and evolution. For example, genetic data can be used to reconstruct migration patterns, understand how genomes change across different species or lineages, and understand how our evolutionary history impacts disease and adaptation. To illustrate this work, Dr. Priya Moorjani, Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Molecular and Cell Biology and Center of Computational Biology, will discuss two ongoing projects.

Andrea Naranjo Soledad and colleague
06/28/2022
5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.

Caminos de la Ciencia: El Poder de la Conciencia Ambiental y la Comunidad: de Colombia al UC Berkeley

Antes de haberse mudado a Estados Unidos, Andrea Naranjo Soledad, estudiante de doctorado en la Universidad de California, Berkeley, vivió en Bogotá, Colombia, donde vio a muchas comunidades viviendo con aire y agua contaminada, falta de alimentos, y con falta de instalaciones sanitarias. Esto la motivó a encontrar formas de ayudar a las comunidades de bajos recursos a tener acceso al agua potable. En esta presentación, ella nos compartirá cómo sus experiencias junto con el apoyo de su comunidad la ayudaron a entrar al programa de doctorado en UC Berkeley.

Kick off your family's summer at the Hayward Community Family Fair Friday, June 17th, from 2-6pm at Tennyson Park
06/17/2022
2:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

Hayward Community Family Fair

Join us at the Hayward Community Family Fair for food, fun, and plenty of resources for learning!

Julie Fornaciari and colleague are working in a science laboratory
06/16/2022
12:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m.

Midday Science Cafe – Can We Make Green Hydrogen Fuel a Reality?

Hydrogen gas plays an important role in the future of clean energy with the potential to replace fossil fuels for many daily and essential applications, from making fertilizers to producing chemicals for plastics. In this Midday Science Cafe, we’ll be hearing from scientists who study different processes working toward the same goal: to make hydrogen fuel a clean, affordable reality.

Julia Schaletzky in a laboratory conducting a science experiment
06/11/2022
11:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

Science at Cal – Laboratory to Life-Saver: Discovery, Development, and Access to New Medicines

How are new medicines discovered and developed? How can universities help create products that truly benefit patients? How do the government and private companies decide which projects to invest in? In this talk, Dr. Schaletzky, the Executive Director of Berkeley’s Center for Emerging and Neglected Diseases, will highlight some innovative campaigns resulting in first-in-class therapies for patients with heart failure, cancer, and infectious diseases.

North Bay Science Discovery Day
05/15/2022
10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

North Bay Science Discovery Day

This family-friendly celebration of science and technology learning and careers will feature dozens of hands-on activities from North Bay educators […]

Bay Area Book Festival flyer: Sat & Sun, May 7-8 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Family Fun Fest Zone MLK Jr. Civic Center Park Downtown Berkeley
05/07/2022
11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

05/08/2022
11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Bay Area Book Festival — Outdoor Fair

Combine reading, art, and science with Science at Cal and The Lawrence Hall of Science at the Bay Area Book Festival in downtown Berkeley on May 7 and 8.